An Urban History of The Plague: Socio-Economic, Political and Medical Impacts in a Scottish Community, 1500–1650

1st Edition

Karen Jillings

Routledge
Published April 12, 2018
Reference - 222 Pages - 2 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138192829 - CAT# Y226867
Series: Perspectives in Economic and Social History

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Summary

As a medical, economic, spiritual and demographic crisis, plague affected practically every aspect of an early modern community whether on a local, regional or national scale. Its study therefore affords opportunities for the reassessment of many aspects of the pre-modern world.

This book examines the incidence and effects of plague in an early modern Scottish community by analysing civic, medical and social responses to epidemics in the north-east port of Aberdeen, focusing on the period 1500–1650. While Aberdeen’s experience of plague was in many ways similar to that of other towns throughout Europe, certain idiosyncrasies in the city make it a particularly interesting case study, which challenges several assumptions about early modern mentalities.

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